Ways To Keep Your Dog's Breath Fresh

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February is Pet Dental Health Month and if you have a dog you know that sometimes he can get “doggy breath” and that is not a great smell! Dental health is important to your pet’s overall health -- cat and dog.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by a build up of odor-producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, on his teeth, in his lungs or in his stomach.

What can you do to keep your dog’s breath fresh? We have a few ideas you can consider.

Have a dental check-up with your veterinarian. If your dog’s breath is truly bad, you will want to schedule an appointment with your vet to make certain your dog doesn’t have an underlying health issue. Bad breath can also be because of a dental issue like a decaying or abscessed tooth. You will want to check it out as soon as you notice it.

Check his diet. If your dog eats anything and everything he finds lying around that could be the cause of the bad breath. When you see your dog chomping down on something he dug up in the backyard, that could be the reason for his bad breath. Feed your dog and cat a high-quality food that is high in protein and offers a crunchy element as that can help clean his teeth. Also, be aware that the bad breath issue could be because of a digestive problem. Ask your veterinarian if probiotics would help with the bad breath by improving the beneficial growth of bacteria in your dog’s intestinal tract.

Bones and dental treats. Offer your dog a variety of bones and dental treats to help keep his teeth clean. Gnawing on a hard bone will help remove some of the tartar and other build up from his teeth. Dental treats are on the market that are specifically aimed at helping clean your dog’s teeth. Be aware, though that these treats can be calorie laden and you may want to cut back on his food intake if he is getting daily dental treats -- check with your vet.

Brush his teeth. The best way to keep your dog’s breath fresh is by brushing his teeth. When you get a puppy and start brushing his teeth when he’s young, it will become part of your daily routine. If you have an older dog who is not accustomed to having his teeth brushed you will want to start out by giving him a taste of the doggie-specific toothpaste. Work up to rubbing some of the toothpaste onto his teeth with your finger or a finger brush. After he’s comfortable with the finger brushing, move up to a doggie toothbrush and get in the habit of brushing his teeth daily.

What are your best steps in helping keep your dog’s breath kissable? We’d love to know!

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  

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How To Walk Your Cat On A Leash

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This may seem like an odd blog post, but CLAWGUARD sells protective tape products to shield window sills and furniture from cat claw damage AND because we saw a cat walking on a leash we wondered how to walk your cat on a leash was accomplished!

We talked with someone who walks her cat on leashes to find out why and how she made it happen.

First the why you’d walk your cat on a leash

We found out some cats, definitely not all, are curious about the outdoors and may eventually take to a leash. Their curiosity may win out and they will allow you to put them in a harness and on a leash.

Spending time out of doors, in the grass and chasing bugs and simply being a cat is beneficial (again, for the cat who enjoys it) If your cat is scared of the out-of-doors, don’t force it.

You don’t need to actually “walk” the cat on the leash the same way you’d walk a dog. Fido enjoys long walks through the neighborhood, Fluffy probably won’t be interested. The “walking” is optional, it’s more about allowing the cat to safely explore.

How to walk a cat on a leash

  1. Get them accustomed to a harness by letting them see it, play with it, kick it around. Don’t bring a harness home and try to put your cat in it -- he will get stressed and you will probably get scratched. Slow and steady wins the race as cats aren’t typically known for being fond of clothing.
  2. Gently put your cat into the harness while you’re indoors and relaxed. If she’s sleeping on your lap, slowly put the harness on. She will wake up and she just might not be too happy, so plan on taking your time and easing her into it. Be advised it could take days or weeks OR you might have a cat who will never want to wear a harness. Cats are finicky like that!
  3. Once the harness is on, let your cat walk around the house and get accustomed to it. Be prepared for your cat to walk oddly -- all hunched up, for example. Your cat might even take a couple of steps then fall over. He may crouch to the ground and act as if the harness is weighing him down. Again, be patient and give him time to get accustomed to it.
  4. After your cat has worn the harness and is walking around with it and seems comfortable you can now try to snap on a leash and walk him. Chances are your cat will not “heel.” Some cats will, most can’t won’t. Don’t drag your cat or force her to walk. Let her drag the leash around inside the house, attached to the harness, and get accustomed to its weight. The leash is a safety measure for when your cat makes his way outdoors.
  5. Carry your cat outdoors or allow her to walk with you holding onto the leash. Let her explore. Don’t leave her outside alone. Always make certain she is firmly and safely inside the harness. Be aware that street noises, a car driving past, people shouting, a lawn mower, etc. could scare your cat and make her bolt. Never let go of the leash and stay in close proximity.

If your cats want to go outdoors, but won’t tolerate a harness or leash, consider setting up a large dog carrier that is fully enclosed. Remove the bottom tray and let your cats feel the grass and earth beneath their feet and the sun on their bodies. Please note that if your cats get a taste for the outside, they may be more prone to bolting toward the door when you open it -- be careful and ever vigilant.

Cats who are allowed out of doors should be microchipped or wear safety collars with your name and phone number on it.  Cats who never experience the outside can be given a taste of it by providing them with a patch of “cat grass” indoors, giving them a sunny place upon which to sleep and opening the windows to give them a chance to breath in fresh air.

Just as dogs develop destructive behaviors when not given enough exercise or attention, so too can cats. Make certain your cats have mental stimulation and exercise. Give them a toy to chase, a puzzle game to dispense their food and let them be house cats if that is what makes them most comfortable and happy.

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.   

 

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Winter Pet Safety Tips

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Much of the country recently experienced an unprecedented “deep freeze.” Even areas of the country that don’t normally get snow or ice or sub zero temperatures were impacted. Pet parents who live in those areas -- even those accustomed to winter -- were faced with the need to take their pets out of doors, but also needed to know how to keep them safe in the frigid temperatures and snow.

Winter Pet Safety Tips

Here are our best tips in case Mother Nature hasn’t dealt the final hand of an overly-cold winter:

Use a paw protectant. This is important if you put ice melt on your steps or sidewalk; even pet-friendly ice melt can cause discomfort to your pet and his paws.  Some pets will allow you to put boots on them, if they will, use that to protect their paws. When you bring your pet back in, wipe their paws and remove any snow or ice that may have built up between their pads.

Put your pet in a coat. If you have a short-haired dog or one who truly isn’t suited to the cold weather, putting her in a coat will keep her core warm. If it’s raining, a coat will also keep your pet warmer and obviously dryer while outdoors doing her business.

Don’t leave your pet out-of-doors. This is a controversial topic as there are dogs who thrive in the frigid weather. You need to know your dog, the breed and its ability to stay warm and healthy in the frigid, snowy temps. Even if your dog loves to be outside in the wintery days, make certain you check on him frequently and that you have provided shelter from the storm.

Take shorter, more frequent walks. If your pet thrives on exercise but you’re in sub-zero temperatures plan shorter, more frequent walks rather than a long walk all at one time.  If you have to take shorter walks and your pet isn’t getting the exercise he is accustomed to, you may want to cut back on the amount of food he gets during the limited exercise times. Don’t forget, there are many fun ways to exercise with your dog indoors.

Don’t forget the cats! If you have “outdoor cats” or feral cats, provide a space for them to get out of the snow and cold. Before you start your engine, beep your car horn; cats will sometimes crawl up into the engine to keep warm. Make sure there is fresh water available for the outside cats; you may want to invest in a heated bowl to keep the water from freezing.

Stay warm. Stay safe. Enjoy the winter with your pets!

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by pets.  Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like windowsills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  In fun colors too!

CLAWGUARD is easily customizable, whether you get the clear, frosted clear or Grape or Blueberry. We have had one customer tell us they decorated their CLAWGUARD with stickers and designs to match their favorite basketball teams’ colors.

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Stylish Ways To Protect Your Home From Pet Damage (Limited Edition Colors!)

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CLAWGUARD recently introduced two new colors to its line of door guards -- Grape and Blueberry. When it was announced that Pantone’s Color Of The Year was “ultra-violet” we knew we were on top of a trend in home decor.

When you have a dog or cat who destroys the doorframes or window sills when you’re away, you need a solution that will protect the woodwork and not detract from your interior design. Whether your design style is shabby chic, upscale modern or yard-sale remnants, you want to put your unique stamp on it and make it welcoming for you, your family and your guests.

How can you protect your home when you simply haven’t been able to find a solution to stopping your dog or cat from scratching the doors or the windowsills? Here are a few things you can try.

  1. Do what the inventors of CLAWGUARD Products did when they were inventing the door shield -- put up a piece of cardboard to prevent your dogs’ nails from damaging the woodwork. Hint -- it doesn’t work!
  2. Move furniture in front of the doors and window sills. This only works if you have another way to get out of the house and if that’s the case… your dog will scratch that door!
  3. Work with your dog to assure he doesn’t jump and greet you enthusiastically when you come home from a long day’s work or from a short walk to the end of the driveway! A well-trained dog is the best way to protect your home, but sometimes your dog’s enthusiasm overcomes them and they will jump and scratch the door while they’re waiting for you to unlock it and come in and greet them. Frankly, we’d rather protect the woodwork than not be greeted with slobbery dog kisses, wouldn’t you?

Not all dogs and cats will ruin doors and window sills and damage your home or cause you to lose a pet deposit at an apartment or in a hotel room, but if yours have destructive tendencies, CLAWGUARD products protect property and save you money. Another benefit of CLAWGUARD Products is that you don’t need to be an engineer to fit them to your door or sills; all you need is a pair of household scissors. It’s quick, easy and it works.

For those stylish homeowners or for those who just want to add a “pop” of color to their home decor, the Blueberry and Grape CLAWGUARD door guards will do just that. If you like to be in on the ground floor of a trend you can tell friends and family that your Grape CLAWGUARD fits right in with Pantone’s Color Of The Year -- Ultra Violet.

CLAWGUARD is easily customizable, whether you get the clear, frosted clear or Grape or Blueberry. We have had one customer tell us they decorated their CLAWGUARD with stickers and designs to match their favorite basketball teams’ colors.

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Setting Pet Resolutions For 2018

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The start of the new year is a time when many people declare their resolutions for the brand new year. It’s a time to clear out the old and make way for the new -- whether resolutions for new habits or thoughts on breaking bad habits.

At CLAWGUARD we sat down with the team and came up with a list of ten pet and pet parent resolutions for 2018.

  1. Bark less. We resolve to “bark less” by which we mean we will look for the positive rather than the negative and remark upon that.
  2. Wag more. We resolve to be happier and to celebrate the wins -- no matter how small.
  3. Stretch it out. We are going to get up from our desks more often, take the dogs for walks and generally move and stretch more than we did in 2017.
  4. Give in to relaxation. When we take a nap or go to bed at night we are going to embrace the power of relaxation -- just as our dogs do.
  5. Be enthusiastic. Have you ever noticed how everything your dog does or experiences is THE best thing ever? Whether it’s his breakfast or dinner or a walk or a great smell in the yard, everything is cause for enthusiasm and wonder.
  6. Be a joiner. If you’ve brought home a new puppy or new-to-you adopted dog, sign him up for a training class. A well-trained dog is a dog who is most likely to be happier and healthier and be a better family member. A basic obedience class is ideal for any, and every dog.
  7. Be healthier. Eat fewer processed foods -- this is an ideal resolution for your pets and for pet parents. Eat more fruits and veggies; there are many fruits and vegetables that are great for your pets to enjoy and if you treat when you train, fruits and veggies will keep your dog happier and healthier.  
  8. Spend more time together. You may have to work outside of the home -- many of us do, but resolve to spend more quality time with your dog(s) when you’re home. Take a walk before, or after, dinner. Spend quality couch cuddling time. You are the center of your dog’s universe and what she wants most is to just be with you.
  9. Hit the road. When you take your next vacation, take your dog with you. Check out pet-friendly cities, hotels, restaurants and other pet-friendly venues you can enjoy with your furry family member. If you’re staying in a hotel and have to leave your dog for any amount of time, pack your CLAWGUARD; this will prevent him from damaging the hotel doors and you from losing your pet deposit!
  10. Try something new. Did you know that if your dog has too many toys she will probably get bored with them. Try this. Pack away many of the toys and occasionally swap out one toy for another; your dog will think she’s just been given a brand new toy to play with. Dogs get bored so shake up their routine and give them something to wag about!

What resolution would your pet want you to make or what resolution(s) have you made? We’d love to know!

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